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Ecclesiastes 11:7-10 New American Bible (Revised Edition) (NABRE)

Poem on Youth and Old Age. [a]Light is sweet! and it is pleasant for the eyes to see the sun. However many years mortals may live, let them, as they enjoy them all, remember that the days of darkness will be many. All that is to come is vanity.

Rejoice, O youth, while you are young
    and let your heart be glad in the days of your youth.
Follow the ways of your heart,
    the vision of your eyes;
Yet understand regarding all this
    that God will bring you to judgment.
10 Banish misery from your heart
    and remove pain from your body,
    for youth and black hair are fleeting.[b]


  1. 11:7–10 The concluding part of the book opens with a final bittersweet homage to life and an enthusiastic encouragement to rejoice in its gifts while they are within grasp.
  2. 11:10 Fleeting: lit., “vanity.”
New American Bible (Revised Edition) (NABRE)

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